Mobile devices
  • Apple new iPad mini with Apple Pencil support
    Apple has introduced the new iPad Air in an ultrathin 10.5-inch design, featuring Apple Pencil support. With the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70% boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20%...
  • Sony Mobile Communications has revised downward its shipment target for smartphones for fiscal 2018 (April 2019-March 2019) to 6.5 million units from seven million projected previously.
  • Largan Precision is striving for orders for in-panel optical fingerprint-recognition lens modules and 3D sensing lenses from the non-Apple camp as a move to diversify its customer base, according to market observers.
  • HTC has reported net profits of NT$12.02 billion (US$390.58 million) for 2018, a significant improvement from a net loss of NT$16.9 billion seen a year earlier. EPS for 2018 stood at NT$14.72 compared to a net loss of NT$20.58 per share.
  • Razer handsets shown as a previous event
    Razer is likely to launch the third edition of its gaming handset, dubbed Razer 3, in 2019 despite reports indicating it has reduced the number of its Razer team members by 30 or 2%, as it moves to enhance the competitiveness of its gaming handset business, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan-based General Interface Solution (GIS) and Egis Technology are set to maintain strong sales momentum in the first half of 2019 for ramping up their respective fingerprint sensors to Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.
  • Asia Vital Components (AVC), which specializes in thermal solution products, expects demand for smartphones to boom when 5G devices become commercially available.
  • Efforts being made by Apple, HTC, Oculus and other players in China and Finland will underpin a robust growth of the AR/VR industry in 2019 and beyond, according to industry sources.
  • Qualcomm, Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) and Asustek Computer have announced jointly the commercial launch of new Asustek smartphones that utilize Qualcomm's cellular system-in-package (SiP) technology in Brazil.
  • Foxconn chairman Terry Gou
    Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) chairman Terry Gou has responded to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against his compoanny by Microsoft, saying as a contract manufacturer instead of a handset brand, it has never infringed upon patents as alleged by the US-based software giant and therefore has never...
  • 5G
    China is expected to commit CNY900 billion (US$134.01 billion) to CNY1.5 trillion for the establishment of its 5G networks during the period from 2020-2025, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) has estimated.
  • apple
    The arrival of foldable smartphones is fueling speculation about how Apple will respond to the latest trend in terms of product mix and pricing.
  • Samsung has begun delivering Galaxy S10 devices in Taiwan
    Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications have mounted pressure on rival China-based handset brands by stepping up efforts to promote their latest smartphone models in the Taiwan market, according to market sources.
  • Synnex Technology International's logistics center in Indonesia
    IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has inaugurated a logistics center in Jakarta, Indonesia to strengthen its operation and competitiveness in the country.
  • Taiwan Pavilion set up by IDB at MWC 2019
    Taiwan's companies which participated in the recently concluded MWC 2019 managed to highlight an array of products, technologies, analyzing software and applications related to 5G technology that were in line with the 5G development plans showcased by the industry's major players.
  • HTC has reported revenues of NT$625 million (US$20.26 million) for February, down 37% on month and 76% on year. The monthly figures were the company's lowest level since the firm debuted on Taiwan's stock market in 2003.
  • Xiaomi has announced that Henman Lee, president of Xiaomi Taiwan, will step down on March 8 for personal reason, and that Yan Lau, currently sales director of Xiaomi Hong Kong, will concurrently take up the position left by Lee.
  • FIH Mobile, a Hong Kong-listed handset arm of Foxconn Electronics, has issued a profit warning, indicating that it is likely to incur a net loss of US$870 million for 2018, according to a Taipei-based Central News Agency (CNA) report.
  • Although the number of users of related LTE services is still growing, global smartphone shipments actually decreased 30 million units or 2% on year to 1.39 million units in 2018. This fact indicates that the replacement demand for smartphones driven by 4G LTE technology has been gradually fading,...
  • China handset vendor Huawei is set to release new smartphone model P30 Pro in late March as one of its major offerings for the first half of 2019, but Taiwan PCB supply chain is conservative about shipment momentum to be driven by the new model, given the lingering lackluster sales sentiment in global...
  • Sony Mobile highlights new smartphone models at MWC 2019
    Sony Mobile Communications has unveiled its new flagship model, the Xperia 1, together with two new mid-tier models, the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, at MWC 2019, with plans to launch the Xperia 1 in Taiwan in the second quarter of the year.
  • Hauwei highlighting its Mate X foladable model at NWC 2019 Photo: Luke Lin, Digitimes, February 2019
    Competition in the foldable smartphone sector is heating up after the world's top-two handset brands, Samsung Electronics and Huawei, unveiled their respective foldable models, the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, recently.
  • foldable phones
    Foldable smartphones are gradually emerging as a new handset trend, promoting Taiwan PCB makers to make preparations for cashing in on the consequent market demand, according to industry sources.
  • foldable phone
    AU Optronics (AUO) is moving at full throttle to build up its production capacity for flexible OLED displays and will see its flexible panels used in new foldable smartphones launched by handset brands in 2019, according to company chairman Paul Peng.
  • HTC 5G Hub
    HTC has unveiled a dedicated 5G mobile smart hub at MWC 2019. The HTC 5G Hub, designed for use in both home and office environments, enables 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming, and 5G mobile hotspot features for up to 20 users, according to the vendor.

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